I Have What Feels Like A Swollen Vein Under My Arm.

Question

Asked by Pam

I Have What Feels Like A Swollen Vein Under My Arm.

The area is somewhat painful, like a bruise might feel. I don't feel a lump, just a curved narrow vein-like swelling about an inch long. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago...lumpectomy, chemo and radiation...finished treatment one year ago, today in fact.

Answer

Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary, Pam! I assume having had chemo, you had lymph node involvement? If so, this could be some latent scarring from the surgery. Or it could be a simple infection. But with your history, any breast change should be reported to your oncologist - underarm changes included. So please call and describe this symptom "for the record," OK? Good luck - PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel